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August 21, 2015

World's first solar-powered airport

Courtesy: QuartzCochin International Airport is all set to emerge as the world's first airport that will use solar energy to meet its energy requirements. This Quartz article says that "On Aug. 18, the Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL)—India’s fourth largest international airport in terms of passenger traffic—commissioned a 12 mega watt (MW) solar power project. The airport already had a 1MW solar power plant, which can produce 4,000 units of electricity daily. With its new solar plant, the airport can now produce 60,000 units of electricity every day, which is more than enough to meet its daily requirement....


"Spread across 45 acres of land—equivalent to 25 football fields—the project was built by German engineering company Bosch for Rs 62 crore ($9.5 million). The area for the solar unit was earlier designated for setting up a cargo handling facility...."


Meanwhile, close on the heels of Kochi, another Indian airport has also laid out plans to focus on solar. On Aug.18, Kolkata’s Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, said that it plans to set up a 15 MW solar power plant on 60 acres of land".


TAGS: Solar , Energy , CIAL
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